UAE rail developer joins forces with global logistics firm to develop safe and sustainable bulk liquid transportation system
UAE rail developer Etihad Rail has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dutch logistics and liquid transportations firm, HOYER Global Transport BV.
The Dutch subsidiary of German-based HOYER GmBH will work with Etihad to develop a “safe and sustainable bulk liquid transportation system” across the UAE that will also link across the GCC as the rail line joins with other neighbouring projects.
The MoU was signed by Etihad Rail’s executive director for commercial, Shadi Malak, and Michael Gerard Loscalzo, business unit director of HOYER Global Transport.
At the signing, Malak commented: “Etihad Rail’s commitment lies in delivering a safe, efficient, and modern mode of transport at optimal cost and with minimal environmental impact, and having collaborated closely with HOYER Global Transport BV since the end of last year, we are confident that they will find our network to be the most effective means to transport their liquids to customers in the region.
“Their experience in liquid bulk transport in all parts of the world has been invaluable to us through our advisory panel. Today’s signing is not only another indication of the rapid progress that we are making at Etihad Rail, but also showcases the wide variety of industries that we are working closely with to develop tailor-made business solutions,” he added.
Upon completion, the Etihad Rail network – which will cater to both freight and passengers – will span a total of 1,200 km across the Emirates. It will connect urban and remote communities, facilitate trade, open up communication channels and foster economic development.
The network will also form a vital part of the GCC Railway Network – linking the UAE to Saudi Arabia via Ghweifat in the west and Oman via Al Ain in the east.
Preliminary construction work on Stage One, which links Shah and Habshan to Ruwais, is already underway, and the tendering process is already in progress for Stage Two, which will connect the railway to Mussafah, to the Gulf ports (Khalifa and Jebel Ali Ports) and the Saudi and Omani borders.